Frequently Asked Questions

Can I just take QuickStart: Foundations?
Students have the option to only complete QuickStart: Foundations (Inter-Ag 140, online, 8 weeks) and still fulfill the CALS first-year seminar. However, we strongly encourage students to take both courses, as the on-campus portion of the program is an incredibly helpful on-board to campus.

UW-Madison has many students and many opportunities, so it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. QuickStart makes campus seem a lot more manageable. It incorporates fun activities and discussions to bring you and your peers closer, challenges your thoughts and opinions, and teaches you useful information about the campus and all its opportunities. I’m now feeling even more excited (and prepared) for my time at UW-Madison.

Amanda Mui
2018 CALS QuickStart Scholar
Biochemistry and Spanish Major

I am traveling during summer. Can I still participate?
Students have the option to only complete QuickStart: Foundations (Inter-Ag 140, online, 8 weeks) and still fulfill the CALS first-year seminar. However, we strongly encourage students to take both courses, as the on-campus portion of the program is an incredibly helpful on-board to campus.

Can I do more than one first-year seminar/experience?
Yes! We highly encourage you to do more than one. There are many great options from first-year interest groups (FIGS) to residence hall learning communities. Each of these will provide different and beneficial opportunities to you as a first-year student.

Do I need to know my major to participate in QuickStart?
Nope! QuickStart is a great space to figure stuff like that out.

Whether you are 100% sure of your plans, completely undecided or somewhere in between, QuickStart is for you. The structure of the program allows you to tailor the coursework and assignment to fit your needs and goals.

Is UW Dining open during Connect2Campus?
Yes! Your meal plan will be active at move-in. Some meals are also included as part of the Connect2Campus program.

Can I live in the residence hall for Connect2Campus if I am living off-campus during the school year?
No. On-campus housing is only available to students with academic year UW Housing contracts.

If you are living off-campus during the academic year, you must arrange for housing during Connect2Campus. Contact the program manager (quickstart@cals.wisc.edu) if you have questions.